Archive for February 6, 2009

Police has arrested suspected crime ring leader Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata “the Baret”

Police has arrested suspected crime ring leader Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata “the Baret”, Criminal Police director Kalin Georgiev said Friday. Baretata was arrested in a joint operation of the Criminal Police and the State Agency for National Security (SANS). Baretata, who got his alias from his years of service with the anti-terrorist squad, will be charged with participating and leading a criminal group, said Sofia’s deputy chief prosecutor Roman Vassilev.  BTA

Life in the Australian Army….

Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad.
(For Those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small   town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of  Queensland )
Dear Mum & Dad,  I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin’ on the farm – tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don’t hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody cows to milk, no calves to feed, no feed to stack – nothin’!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there’s lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!    
At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there’s no kangaroo steaks or possum stew like wot Mum makes. You don’t get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we’ve been on a ‘route march’ – geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the back paddock!!      This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter.    I keep getting medals for shootin’ – dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody possum’s bum and it don’t move and it’s not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target – it’s a piece of piss!!      You don’t even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don’t have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!
Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy – it’s not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster.    Turns out I’m not a bad boxer either and it looks like I’m the best the platoon’s got, and I’ve only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers…….he’s 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I’m only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin’ wet…….but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.
I can’t complain about the Army – tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is.     
Your loving daughter,
Alice, xx

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Bulgarian football bosses indicted.

The Sofia City Prosecution Office said Friday it has moved forward to the court an indictment against Alexander Tomov, Alexander Garibov, Ivan Ivanov and Bozhko Bonev for official embezzelement of some 36 million leva and document-related offence in their official capacity at the CSKA football club and the Kremikovtzi steel works.  BTA

No headway in Bulgarian-Russian talks on gas crisis compensation

Russian officials remained adamant that Ukraine should be held legally responsible for the gas crisis in January that resulted in supplies to European countries being cut off. Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov came no closer to receiving any concessions during the first day of his visit to Moscow.

“Any claims for any compensation should be sent to Kiev,” Russian president Dmitry Medvedev told reporters after meeting his Bulgarian counterpart, Interfax news agency reported.

Bulgaria was the country affected the most by the disrupted deliveries, since all its gas comes from Russia via a pipeline that crosses Ukraine. But despite the public backlash in Bulgaria, Purvanov, who will launch the Year of Bulgaria in Russia during his trip, was far from hawkish on the issue, although in a national security speech in January he said Russia was not the dependable partner it was once believed to be.

In Moscow, Purvanov was more subdued, raising the issue of re-negotiating the current long-term deal, signed in January 2006. “We are raising the issue of compensation, seeking new strategical parameters of our relationship, including reaching an agreement of a new kind,” he said, as quoted by Interfax.

Purvanov reiterated the demands to cut out the middlemen usually employed by Russia’s state-owned gas monopoly Gazprom to make the delivery to its final customers. Three companies handle the deliveries to Bulgaria, of which only one is a fully-owned Gazprom subsidiary, while in the other two the Russian energy giant owns 50 per cent.

“I hope that the negotiations will result in removing [the middlemen] and the creation of a more efficient deliveries system,” Purvanov said.

Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline was mentioned in the press briefing after the meeting, with Purvanov saying that Bulgaria was ready to “help out” to ensure that the pipeline is built. Russia has secured principle agreements with Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary to join the project, but the global credit crunch and falling gas prices are likely to delay construction well beyond the initial 2014 deadline.